Travel Blogs from Courchevel
... I was crazy mad with the speed of the descent.
Not much else happening today, had a nice pasta lunch and may double up for dinner. Cleaned the bike it was filthy with all the rain we have had and watched a little TDF.
We are off at sparrows to drive to Le Bourg D'Oisans to spend the day in the region. I will climb the legendary l' Alpe with its 21 hairpins and the meet Mich at the Saturday markets in Le Bourg.
... reasonable gradient as it left St Michel behind.
The descents were frightening and bloody cold, especially from the top of Col de Beau Plan with visibility at about five metres above 1000m. It was a bit of a shock when a deer darted out in front of me. I had my full winter gear on and it was barely enough.
We are off for dinner soon in St Michel then tomorrow two TDF climbs are on the agenda.
... between my legs I returned to Annecy to pack up and make our way to the Maurienne Valley and the heart of the big Alps climbs.
To rub salt into my wounded ego the SD card in the camera played up so I lost all my pics of the short 50km ride today. Oh well re-format and away we go again.
We visited Albertville, sight of the 1992 winter Olympics and St Jean de Maurienne on our way to St Michel de Maurienne where we will base ourselves for the next week.
St Jean ...
... area and waited for Connie who was following not far behind. I could not stop shivering and could feel a bit of hypothermia setting in. Connie arrived and brought in a towel and some dry clothes while I tipped back a couple of strong hot coffees to try to warm up. As we sat there a massive thunderstorm raged outside the open doors. I was seriously contemplating calling it a day, but the storm passed quickly and it started to clear up a bit, so I decided ...
... kilometers followed by long stretches of very gradual climbs, flats and downhills. The last 8km started in a skiing village and was really steep all the way to the top. The roads overall were in fairly poor condition and only wide enough for one car in the final 6km. I drove the car while Connie hung out the window snapping pics like mad. At around the half way mark in one of the valleys we passed a rather large fast moving river with ...